This Is One Of The Greatest Moments In History, Don't Miss Out On All The Lord Is Doing

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   2/20/2013

In the book of Luke, we are warned that in the last days it will be easy to get caught up in the anxiety of life and miss out on the glory of his return.

Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. – Luke 21:34

The book of Revelations is about the Revelation of Jesus Christ and it begins by telling us that we should not put off the prophecies about his return because the time is near. 

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” – Rev 1:3

Some say that ‘a day is like a thousand years to the Lord’ and so ‘near’ could be hundreds or thousands of years away. 

But if you look at the capacity of the world, with 7 billion people and food shortages at record levels, or if you look at the events of the world that reveal many prophecies unfolding before our eyes, you will realize that ‘near’ means ‘near’.

In Revelations 22, the message is repeated.

“Then he told me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.” – Rev 22:10

Many other passages tell us that the Lord’s return is near. 

“You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.” – James 5:8

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” – 1 Peter 4:7

But it is the book of Revelations that ties together the history of the world and unveils the glory of Jesus Christ. 

For example, (Revelations 5:6) calls Jesus the “Lamb of God that was slain standing on the throne”, which John the Baptist called Jesus in (John 1:29) "The Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world" and in the very first book of the bible Abraham said, “God himself will provide a lamb” (Genesis 22:8).

From the very first book of the Bible, to the life of Jesus in the middle of the Bible, to the very last book of the Bible, every page is really about Jesus.  He is the story.  Without Christ the stories are empty.   

It was God’s plan from the very beginning that Jesus would be the Lamb, perfect in every way, and he would lay down his life for us. Who else could have planned this?  Who else could have put this book together, with completely different authors thousands of years apart?  Who else but the one true God.

Notice that in Rev 5:6, Jesus is standing on the throne of God. Who else could stand on the throne of God unless they were God?

The Lord is doing a lot of things throughout the world right now.  He is very active. He is unfolding history just as he said he would in several books of the bible. 

This is one of the greatest periods in history to study his Word and watch Him direct Kings and position nations to unfold history as he predicted. 

Studying what the Lord is doing also strengthens our faith and decreases our anxiety about what is going on, so that we can pray with a clear mind - “clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray” – 1 Peter 4:7

To understand what the Church will be doing in the last days, we should study the book of Acts to see how the Church began, under heavy persecution, they lived on prayer, had powerful gifts of the Spirit, were bold as Lions and were devoted to telling others the good news.

On one hand, the end times will be very difficult; and on the other hand, it will be awesome.  Right in the middle of perhaps the most terrible time in the history of the world, the righteous will have a clear mind and will be in constant communication with the Lord and worshiping the Lord in great anticipation of his return.

Read Isaiah 24 and you will see a picture of what the world will be like.  Isaiah 24:5 tells us, ”The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws."  All the nations of the world will have rejected the laws of God and given themselves over to the love of sin. (John 3:19)

Then right in the middle of this description, verses 14-16 says, “They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty. Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; exalt the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea. From the ends of the earth we hear singing: Glory to the Righteous One.”

The church will be on fire for the Lord, while the entire world will be collapsing around them. They will be firmly fixated on Him and will see proof of him everyday.  This is an exciting time to learn about the Lord and witness what he is doing.  

Be careful not to get caught up in the side shows of life, like sports or video games or hunting or fishing or working or playing - and miss out on what the Lord is doing. Nothing is as exciting to watch or to be a part of.

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